I have a ‘writer’s motivation’ post in the works as I haven’t posted much on the blog recently, outside of the PES and story/process entries. So look for that in the coming week.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
With throats unslaked, with black lips baked,We could nor laugh nor wail;Through utter drought all dumb we stood!I bit my arm, I sucked the blood,And cried, A sail! a sail!
Alright! I finally get that whole ‘albatross around the neck’ idiom! Loved this narrative poem (ballad).
Tommy Pham by Jack Dickey from Sports Illustrated (April 9th, 2018)
“I don’t feel sorry for myself, I really don’t,” Pham says. “I made the most out of my situation—but these things weren’t hardships to me. It was just life.”
I’m a fairweather sports guy. I “have” a football team (Pittsburgh Steelers), but I only watch the games occasionally. In an effort to broaden my horizons and inspiration (per Ray Bradbury’s instruction), I subscribed to Sports Illustrated and have been going through issues that piled up while I was getting through Francis Bacon. I gotta say, these sports writers are kings when it comes to character and voice. You want to really dig into traits and dialogue, I heartily recommend reading some of what these folks put out. This Tommy Pham article is a great example. Plus, you’ll learn a lot about shots per game and the current wisdom on how to best hit a baseball.
The Avenging Phonograph by E. R. Punshon
I’m now cracking into another Barnes and Noble anthology — Great Horror Stories: 101 Chilling Tales. This was reminiscent of The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, but enjoyable nonetheless. I’m only about ten stories into this book, but it’s interesting how differently they’re told. The majority of them don’t answer the story question posed at the beginning, which we’re told is very important for modern readers. They typically end with something along the lines of, “…and so no one really knows what happened, but it’s said that…”
Just an interesting note.